UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy



MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


The MSc programme in Physics aims to provide students with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles which form a thorough basis for careers in these and related fields, enable students to develop insights into the techniques used in current projects and allow an in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area.

In addition they are meant to develop the professional skills for students to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life, and give students the experience of teamwork, a chance to develop presentation skills and learn to work to deadlines.The Physics MSc programmes include a number of lecture courses both relevant to the discipline and forward-looking with respect to recent developments and state-of-the-art achievements.  Fundamental courses such as Advanced Quantum Theory or Particle/Atom/Photon Physics are just offered together with courses in Quantum Computation and Communication or Plastic and Molecular Electronics. Flexibility is built into the Programme so that courses can also be taken on topics removed from the immediate subject among those available within a wide range of options.

A research topic is included so that 50% of the marks are made up by completing an individual task. These are built around cutting-edge topics from the Department's research programme. The supervisor will provide a topic in which the student has a real chance to make a contribution to the research. In Physics in recent years, this has meant, for example, time resolved spectroscopy of electronic excitations in supramolecularly engineered organic semiconductors, design of optical cavities for laser cooling experiments, work function tuning of electrodes for plastic electronics,  coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of nanocrystals, computer simulations of electron transfer reactions and hopping, spectra of triterated ions of hydrogen and attosecond and strong-field science exploring fundamental processes in laser-matter interactions. 

These projects give a real feel for what it is like to do postgraduate research, or work in a project team in an advanced industry.


MSc (180 credits)

Option 1

Option 2


3 courses must be chosen (45 credits)3 courses must be chosen (45 credits)(30 credits)(60 credits)
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Particle Physics
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Mathematics for General Relativity
  • Climate and Energy
  • Molecular Physics






  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxy dynamics, formation and evolution
  • Graduate level Physics and Astrophysics courses
  • High-energy Astrophysics
  • Intercollegiate 4th year courses
  • Mathematics for General Relativity
  • Medical Physics MSc core courses
  • Molecular Physics
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Particle Physics
  • Planetary Atmospheres
  • Plastic and Molecular (Opto)electronics
  • Solar Physics
  • Quantum Computation and Communication
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
  • Space and Climate Science MSc core courses
  • The Physics of Stars
An extended literature survey on a topic related to your research project.An independent research project based in one of the Departmental research groups, culminating in a
dissertation and oral presentation.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements


A minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline with a strong physics basis from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Further information

There is further information UCL's information for prospective students page, MSc Physics Prospectus, including:

  • International equivalent qualifications by country
  • English language requirements for international applicants
  • Latest tuition fees

How to Apply

The department is now open for applications for entry in September 2023 and applicants should apply online.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2023

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

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